The event, on June 9th at City Hall, Sheffield, will help mark the 50th Anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised most sex acts between consenting men in private, in England and Wales. Daisy Asquith’s film was created from the treasure trove of the BFI National Archive, capturing the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women starting in 1919 – weaved with the lyrics and music of John Grant and Hercules & Love Affair.
It should be an interesting movie, partly because over the year the BFI has done a good job of helping collect filmed documents on gay people. That includes funding LGBT-themed shorts even before gay sex was decriminalised, and adding various queer-themed films to their archive.
The screening at Sheffield will be followed by a live performance from singer/songwriter John Grant.
There will be plenty of other interesting film screening at Sheffield Doc/Fest from June 9th to 14th, so head over to the official website to find out more.